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Deal: Moto G on Verizon Only $70 Through Amazon

For the budget-minded among us, the Moto G through Verizon’s pre-paid service is now available for only $70, off contract on Amazon.

The Moto G won’t blow you away with its specs, but it is a handy little device that features a 4.5″ HD display, quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 5MP rear camera, and comes running Android 4.3 with an update for Kit Kat also available. 

The phone is usually priced at $99, so getting $30 off retail is not bad at all.

Have at it.

Amazon Link ($69.98)

  • Calvin

    Is it possible to use this phone only as a wi-fi media player (no activation with Verizon)?

    • Teaser38

      Yup. Look further down at how to bypass the activation prompt. It is quite possible in the future that any updates might lock it down, so just be careful.

  • cucabueno

    What are some other cool things this phone could be used for in a home? Chromecast remote is a good one… What else?

  • PaulaReidvsu

    upto I saw the
    check saying $7518 , I didnt believe that…my… brothers friend woz like
    they say really bringing home money in their spare time from there new
    laptop. . there friends cousin haz done this less than 23 months and resently
    cleared the loans on there condo and got a great new Aston Martin DB5 . learn
    this here now Works77­.­C­O­­M

  • litobirdy

    Will this work on Dominican republic on claro or orange network?

    • M3D1T8R

      It’s Verizon prepaid only. So I highly doubt it.

    • josuearisty

      Of course not in these carriers. It should work for sure with Tricom. I thinking of buying one, that deal is very tentative.

  • SeanPlunk

    This is incredibly tempting. So, to clarify I can buy this for $69.98 and use it as a spare phone on my postpaid line with no other strings attached?

    • I had the same question, then saw the 6th bullet says not compatible with Verizon contract lines.

      • SeanPlunk

        I saw that too, but as someone above posted:

        Edit: Just saw this on Amazon’s Q&A section for it: “I bought my Verizon Moto G 4/26/14 and was able to activate it on contract. You just have to bypass the activation screen (hit next, slide down notification bar, bring up task manager and swipe away the activation app) then dial *228 to activate the phone since it is 3G only. Do not try to activate through the My Verizon website, it will not work. I went from a Galaxy S3 to the Moto G.”

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    UGH!…. The “On Verizon” part just killed me…. urgh. For a second there I thought it was the Unlocked LTE model… I guess even thinking that would make me a dumbass though.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah I would have already bought it if it had been that model. Still just to use as a WifeFi (wifi device for my wife, ha) media device, but that SD slot would be awesome.

  • T4rd

    I’ve read a lot of conflicting statements about this phone on here. Some claim that this will activate fine on Verizon contract plans/lines, some claim that you have to wait 6 months after the phone has been on pre-paid (which I believe to be the official stance by Verizon on it), and some claim you can’t use it on contract lines at all. Can anyone chime in with personal, first-hand knowledge about it? Just curious..

    • mcdonsco

      I hope this is correct, buying it for my step dad now ($70? DONE)…thinking either this will work (what you posted from Amazon reviews) or if not, I’ll figure out a way…I always do.

    • verizonchris

      The Verizon system will not let you put a prepaid device on a contract line until it has been active on prepaid for at least 6 months. After 6 months you shouldn’t have a problem activating it on a contract line.

      I’m not sure if I believe that the person in the Amazon Q&A was able to go from an S3 to a moto G (4g to 3g) using *228. Any time I have tried to go from 4G to 3G for a customer simply dialing *228 fails. I have to switch the device in the Verizon system because of the sim card.

      • mcdonsco

        But what about going from 3g –> 3g? In my case, my step dad has an old school flip phone (“feature” phone) and just needs something he can text on better than a regular phone dialpad; hence getting this for him.

        • M3D1T8R

          Yeah I’m wondering this too, would love that to be the case to replace the wife’s flipphone, but I bet it’s very unlikely.. Verizon wants you paying for a data play for any smart phone, even if you’re just using it for a wifi device and calls/texts.

          • mcdonsco

            Well, I’ve been pretty successful getting around carrier issues; if all else fails “return button”.

            If refund is refused, I’ll keep it and later this year I’ll have a new toy; in the meantime if I kill it trying…its $70 and I had fun playing with it and learning.

          • CaptainCaleb

            I posted this on reddit a few weeks ago. (Note: This worked first try for me. If it doesn’t work, I’m not liable for anything that goes wrong)

            I know this works for the Verizon Moto G 3G version.

            *Buy the phone. (some people need this step)

            *Turn on, hit start.

            *Pull down the notification bar, then hit the recent button (bottom right)

            *Clear off the activation window.

            *Continue setting up your gmail and more. Then call *228 to activate the phone!


            Tip: if it won’t let you clear off the activation, turn off the phone and turn it back on. Here’s a video that should help in that field. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhphsyRFEy4

      • CaptainCaleb

        I’m using a Moto G with a contract right now. I can confirm it does work.
        (I switched from a GNexus to the Moto G)

  • jbdan

    Stuck on VZW’s 3g though right? That’s like edge…..or worse in some cases (here at least). Still good for the user who is new to a smart phone and doesn’t expect much out of data use

  • Props to Amazon for being clear and direct about what carrier and plan this will work on.

  • wtd2009

    wow! if i wasn’t about to upgrade, i’d seriously consider getting this to tide me over

  • M3D1T8R

    Holy crapola. This is a crazy good deal. Never mind using it for prepaid, this is a fantastic little WiFi/media device for this price. My poor wife is still using my over 4 year old rooted HTC Incredible with cracked screen and broken charging port (swaps out batteries) for that. Ordering this for her as a replacement as soon as possible.

    • charesa39

      That’s the exact reason I just jumped on this. Been looking for a replacement for my Galaxy Player that runs Suckwiz and is stuck on Android 2.3. Really stoked. Only going to be using this as a WiFi media player. Don’t ever want to give VZW another dime if I can help it.

      • Calvin

        Can this device work without activation? I want to use it as a wifi media player

        • charesa39

          Yes. Or at least that’s what I’ve read in a few different places on the interwebs. Apparently, you just go through the activation, then, when you get to the last step (which is payment), just close it out, and you’re good to go using it on WiFi only.

          I was excited until I discovered last night that the bootloader is NOT unlockable. Verizon’s version is the only one that is completely locked down (SHOCKER). This is a HUGE deal-breaker for me, so this phone is going straight back to Amazon. This is the very reason I left Verizon in the first place, and why I have a Nexus 5 now.

          • Jeff

            Just thought I would say that Best Buy has the Moto G on sale for $50. This is the second one I have bought and it works great as a media player without activating it. I do carry out a factory reset right in the beginning which makes it very easy to get past the activation screen by just pressing the home key.

    • tehcodeman

      I was just about to get upset about my recent Moto E (aka Android mp3 player) purchase, but just found out that this has 8GB of internal memory with no microSD slot. Whew!

  • sam_evans7

    That’s almost cheap enough to be a dedicated Chromecast remote…

    • Kevin

      I think I found my Chromecast remote. 😀

  • Maxim∑

    So its cheaper than the Moto E wow

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      *Just for Verizon. Which means a lot

      • Maxim∑

        Oh I missed that,nvm then lol